The Marblehead Current news in brief: Deadline to license dogs approaches

The Marblehead Current news in brief is a compilation of need-to-know, general and short news items from various sources published at on Mondays. Marblehead residents, governmental entities and nonprofits can email 150-200-word news items for inclusion in the weekly list to

Register dogs before Jan. 31

Jan. 31 is the deadline for Marblehead dog owners to license their dogs for 2023.  Failure to license one’s dog could lead to a monthly $50 fine. For the town’s records, dog owners should let the Town Clerk’s Office know if they no longer have their dog. 

Folks can license their dogs and pay the registration fee in the following ways: 

  • Mail to Town Clerk’s Office in Abbot Public Library, 188 Washington St.
  • Drop in red mail box out front of Abbot Hall or the Mary Alley Municipal Building, 7 Widger Road
  • Pay online at 

Include the mailed license application that the town sent out, and for those who didn’t get one, download an application online:, with a check made payable to the “Town of Marblehead” with copies of rabies and neuter certificates (if not already on record with the Town Clerk’s Office). 

Questions? Contact the Town Clerk’s Office either at or by phone at 781-631-0528.

Real-estate taxes due 

In Marblehead, real estate taxes for the third quarter are due Wednesday, Feb. 1. Checks should be made out to the “Town of Marblehead” and submitted the following ways: 


Tax Collector

Town of Marblehead

PO Box 806

Reading, MA 01867-0406


Tax payments (checks only) can also be dropped inside the revenue window or in the red-mail box at the Mary Alley Municipal Building, 7 Widger Road.


Taxpayers can also use the online payment feature offered through City Hall Systems. To pay by eCheck, credit or debit card, please click here:

Direct questions concerning payment to the Tax Collector’s Office at 781-631-0587 or email:  

Upcoming public meetings

The following public meetings were posted to as of press time. All public meetings are subject to change, so check the town’s website before heading out the door.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

  • Noon, Marblehead Council on Aging Board of Directors
  • 2:30 p.m., Marblehead Housing Authority Meeting
  • 6 p.m., Marblehead Planning Board
  • 6 p.m., Marblehead School Committee & budget workshop
  • 7 p.m., Old and Historic Districts Commission 

Wednesday, Jan. 18

  • 9:15 a.m., Moderator’s Committee to report on the costs of implementing Article 44 
  • 1 p.m., Abbot Public Library Building Renovation Committee
  • 7 p.m., Marblehead Housing Authority

Thursday, Jan. 19

  • 3 p.m., Glover School Advisory Council 

Thursday, Feb. 2

  • 3 p.m., Green Marblehead Committee

Offices closed on Jan. 16 for MLK Day

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, trash & recycling will be picked up one day late on the following days:

  • Monday trash & recycling will be collected on Tuesday, Jan. 17    
  • Tuesday trash & recycling will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 18
  • Wednesday trash & recycling will be collected on Thursday, Jan. 19  
  • Thursday trash & recycling will be collected on Friday, Jan. 20  
  • Friday trash & recycling will be collected on Saturday, Jan. 21

The Marblehead Transfer Station will be closed on Monday. 

Accessibility survey

Town Planner Becky Cutting invites the Marblehead community to an accessibility survey: The survey is a conduit for the town to collect community feedback as it develops a comprehensive accessibility transition plan. 

2023 town warrant open

Marblehead Select Board voted on Nov. 16, 2022, to open the town warrant for the 2023 Town Meeting to be convened on Monday, May 1, 2023. The deadline to submit citizens’ petitions is Friday, Jan. 27, at noon. For a citizen’s petition form, click: The deadline for boards and committees to submit an article is Friday, Jan. 20, at noon. 

Got volunteerism? 

The following is a list of appointed town boards, commissions and committees with vacancies. Anyone interested in serving on one should submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Select Board, Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St. or email Please call the Select Board’s Office at 781-631-0000 for more information.

  • Two, one-year vacancies, Marblehead Old Burial Hill Oversight Committee
  • One-year vacancy, Marblehead Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • Three-year vacancy, Marblehead Design Review Board
  • One-year term, Marblehead MBTA Advisory Board
  • One-year term, Marblehead Advisory Board
  • Five three-year, staggered terms Marblehead Cultural Council
  • One-year vacancy, Marblehead Forever Committee
  • One-year term, Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination

Animal shelter accepting volunteers

Volunteers are always needed to help feed and care for abandoned animals housed at the Marblehead Animal Shelter, 44 Village St. Friends of Marblehead Abandoned Animals (FOMAA), a nonprofit organization, was formed for this purpose. To volunteer, call 781-631-8664. 

MassDEP mattress and textile waste bans

As of November 2022, landfills, transfer stations and waste-to-energy facilities across the commonwealth no longer accept mattresses and textiles for disposal. Beds must be recycled, and fabrics must be donated for reuse or other secondary uses—the fee for recycling a mattress and box spring at the Marblehead Transfer Station is $25. Textiles include clothes, shoes, linens, towels, curtains and cloth accessories. 

At the Marblehead Transfer Station, residents with facility stickers can recycle textiles in the clothing collection bins for no fee. Items must be dry and in trash bags. 

Volunteer at the Marblehead Public Health Dept. Residents may volunteer to serve on the Marblehead Recycling Committee, appointed by the Marblehead Board of Health. The Swap Shed is another place where volunteers can help. Volunteers must also sell facility stickers and check cars for up-to-date stickers as they enter the transfer station. Contact the Public Health Department for additional volunteer information: 781-631-0212

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